Left field is up for debate. The roles of Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes are undefined. There are favorites for the bullpen and bench, but few of those pieces are set in stone.
At this point, though, can we agree on that these 14 spots and roles are set for the Yankees in 2010?
A.J. Burnett – Starting pitcher. Probably the No. 2 spot in the rotation. Just have to hope he stays healthy.
Robinson Cano – Starting second baseman. Production from the bottom half of the batting order.
Curtis Granderson – Starting center fielder. Able to play multiple roles in the lineup. Biggest name of the new additions.
Derek Jeter – Starting shortstop. Face of the franchise. Almost certainly the lead-off hitter.
Nick Johnson – Designated hitter. Backup first baseman. Almost certainly the No. 2 hitter.
Damaso Marte – Left-handed reliever. Hoping for the 2009 playoff version, not the 2009 regular season version.
Andy Pettitte – Starting pitcher. Middle of the rotation. A repeat of last season would be just fine.
Jorge Posada – Starting catcher. A few lingering health concerns. Probably occasional starts at designated hitter.
Mariano Rivera – Himself.
Dave Robertson – Right-handed reliever. Middle to late innings. He’s a lock, right?
Alex Rodriguez — Starting third baseman. Clean-up hitter. Suddenly a playoff hero.
CC Sabathia – Starting pitcher. Opening day. Probably for the next few years.
Nick Swisher – Starting right fielder. Pest at the plate. Power at the bottom of the order.
Mark Teixeira – Starting first baseman. No. 3 hitter. MVP candidate.
It’s more or less certain that Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes, Brett Gardner, Alfredo Aceves and Chad Gaudin will play one role or another, but I’m not sure those roles are 100 percent set at this point. Francisco Cervelli, Ramiro Pena, Jamie Hoffmann and (maybe) Boone Logan are also favorites to make the team, but those situations could change depending on other moves that might or might not happen.